|The Twins |
Castle, river crossing
Robb Stark and his men enter the Twins- by Michael Komarck ©
|Government||House Frey , Feudal lord.|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
|Founded||six hundred years ago|
|Named for||its twin castles|
The Twins, sometimes known as the Crossing, is the seat of House Frey in the northern riverlands. It is a fortified crossing of the Green Fork of the Trident and consists of two identical castles and a tower in the middle of their bridge. It is one of the most formidable strongholds of the Seven Kingdoms.
The Twins consist of two identical stone castles standing on a margin of the Green Fork of the Trident. They have high curtain walls, deep moats and a barbican and portcullis in each. A stone bridge arches between them, with the bridge footings rising from within the inner keeps. This bridge is wide enough for two wagons to cross abreast, and is guarded by a tower in the middle known as the Water Tower. It is the only crossing point over the Green Fork for hundreds of miles in either direction, from the North to the western riverlands. It lies directly athwart the main route from Winterfell to Riverrun.
The seat of the Lord of the Crossing is a massive chair of black oak. Its back is carved in the shape of two towers joined by an arched bridge.
The Freys have held the crossing of the Green Fork for six hundred years, beginning when a petty lord built a rickety wooden bridge over the narrowest portion of the river. It took the family three generations to complete the bridge in stone, after which they built timber keeps on each bank of the river. Since then, the Freys have grown wealthy by charging a heavy toll on all those who need to cross - a fact which irks many older or more powerful houses. The timber keeps have since been replaced by stone. These castles are what give the stronghold its name, for they are identical. Given their strong castle, strategic location, wealth, and numbers, the Freys are one of the most powerful bannerhouses sworn to House Tully, now able to raise about four thousand men.
A Game of Thrones
The northern army of Robb Stark marches to the Twins, where Lord Walder Frey has gathered nearly four thousand soldiers. Catelyn Tully negotiates an alliance between House Stark and House Frey, with Robb promising to marry one of Walder's daughters. The Freys contribute one thousand mounted knights and near three thousand foot to Robb's cause.
The army splits at the Twins, with Robb taking the horse to Riverrun and Lord Roose Bolton taking the foot to distract Lord Tywin Lannister on the east bank of the Green Fork. Ser Helman Tallhart remains with four hundred archers and swordsmen to bolster and ensure the loyalty of Walder's garrison. After being defeated by Tywin in the battle on the Green Fork, Roose reforms the survivors at the mouth of the causeway.
A Clash of Kings
Having gathered his host to the Twins, Roose Bolton marries Walda Frey, one of Lord Walder's daughters. Roose marches south and takes the ruby ford and the crossroads, after which Edmure Tully orders Helman Tallhart to leave the Twins and assist Roose with capturing Harrenhal.
A Storm of Swords
After learning that Robb Stark, King of the Trident, has married Jeyne Westerling instead of a Frey, Ser Ryman Frey leads the Frey soldiers in Robb's army back to the Twins. In order to regain the Freys for Robb's cause, Edmure Tully agrees to marry Roslin Frey.
A Feast for Crows
While riding back to the Twins from Riverrun, Ryman and his party of three knights and twelve men-at-arms are ambushed by the brotherhood without banners. Ser Jaime Lannister tells Edwyn Frey and Ser Walder Rivers that all captives from the Red Wedding held at the Twins are to be sent to King Tommen I Baratheon in King's Landing.
A Dance with Dragons
Roose Bolton marches from the Twins to Moat Cailin via the causeway. His vanguard consists of four hundred mounted Freys led by Ser Aenys Frey and Ser Hosteen Frey, while the rearguard consists of at least another thousand Frey troops.
Chapters that take place at the Twins
- A Game of Thrones: 59. Catelyn IX
- A Storm of Swords: 49. Catelyn VI
- A Storm of Swords: 50. Arya X
- A Storm of Swords: 51. Catelyn VII
- A Storm of Swords: 52. Arya XI
|“||The Twins—two squat, ugly, formidable castles, identical in every respect, with the bridge arching between—had guarded the crossing for centuries.||”|
|“||In the Twins, you learned early that only full blood siblings could be trusted, and them not very far.||”|
|“||Walder Frey's fourth wife was a Blackwood, but kinship counts for no more than guest right at the Twins.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, House Tully.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
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